dynamic videoconferencing

It is best to avoid long "information dumps" and to encourage interactive training, including plenty of opportunities for communication by far-end participants. For example, after every agenda item you should take a few seconds to ask the far-end participants if they have any comments or questions. Remember there is a slight delay before the camera switching is activated and you see the far-end site that has spoken up with a comment, so be sure to allow enough time for this to take place.

It is critical that you are aware of how you are framed within the camera. Participants don't get engaged when they are looking at a small figure, whose face is not recognizable:


Participants like to be able to read your facial expressions, creating a more personable interaction. Head-and-torso shots are the best views recommended while giving a presentation or training.


While discussion takes place, the camera can be zoomed out to include the majority of attendees in the room. Also be sure to face the camera straight on and not at an angle or with your back against it. It's important to face the in-person audience as well as the TV-land audience. Choosing camera placement during a meeting can make or break a videoconference.

The key is to keep it active and interactive, not only to make your presentation interesting but to allow far-end sites to feel like part of the videoconference.


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